Facial oils can be misunderstood. Just a couple of drops super-boosts your skincare routine, which is particularly important when you’re an exhausted parent. Adjust the dose level according to your skin needs (ie zero sleep or during the winter, you can add an extra drop) and apply to either cleansed skin or over the top of a serum. Follow with your regular moisturiser if you need it (or SPF during the day). By morning, says hello to plumped up skin and overtime, fewer lines and wrinkles.
Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Face Oil (£41, aromatherapyassociates.com)
Goodness in every drop, this evening primrose oil, rose and sandalwood-rich aromatherapy oil softens, smooths and kick-starts your skin’s own regenerative process. As creator Geraldine Howard advises, add as many drops as your skin needs, tailoring to the season and how dehydrated you are.
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil (£47, johnlewis.com)
Made with 100% concentrated rose hip oil, which is naturally rich in vitamin A (for improving skin texture and tone of skin), vitamin C (boosts firmness and radiance), omega 3, 6 and 9 (hydrates skin) and vitamin E (smooths out scars, burns and softens wrinkles). Just one pump provides a powerhouse of goodness for skin.
Aroma Actives Omega Rich Face Oil (£16, sainsburys.co.uk)
Created by Geraldine Howard, founder of Aromatherapy Associates, this affordable line of quality skincare can be found at your local Sainsburys.
Created using more affordable ingredients, but just as pure, natural and effective, this hero oil is one of our new favourites.
Formulated for all skin types, this 100% natural and 99% organic oil boosts hydration with jojoba and wheatgerm oil, plus rosehip oil, rose and frankincense. It sinks in immediately and leaves skin cushiony soft. It’s easy to understand why one bottle is sold every 10 minutes in the UK.
Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil (£45, aureliaskincare.com)
This heavenly-scented skin treat is rammed with skin-loving essential fatty acids, restructuring and regenerating mongongo oil and Baobab for omega 3, 6 and 9. You’ll wake up with plump skin the next day, but also lines start to fade over time. You only need a few drops, so this generous bottle will last ages too.
Not just a great booster for dehydrated skin and tackling wrinkles, also a brilliant all rounder for fading scars and abrasions, even on babies. Once skin has healed over, religiously apply every day to fade and smooth scars, even old ones.
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (£30, clarins.co.uk)
Even if your skin is oily, it can still be dehydrated. This contains rosewood, patchouli and blue orchid to restore radiance in moisture-starved skin. This hero oil will give everything it needs without being greasy or overwhelming for skin.
Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (£30, balanceme.co.uk)
Great for all skin types (if you’re prone to oiliness, a facial oil will actually balance skin), warm a couple of drops between your palms and massage into skin. Conditioning moringa and camellia oil, together with soothing yarrow and benzoin give your skin a radiance pick-me-up.
Decleor Aromessence Neroli Super Serum (£44, decleor.co.uk)
This cult oil was one of the first to change the negative view of using a facial oil. Just two drops of this 100% pure essential oil applied under your regular moisturiser feeds skin with nourishing neroli, sandalwood and petit grain and combats daily stress on skin. Suitable for all skin types, it works brilliantly on the appearance and condition of skin.
Rodin Olio Lusso Exquisite Face Oil (£95, beautyworkswest.com)
Celebrities rave about this luxe oil, and it’s easy to see why. Chemical-free and loaded with a blend of 11 essential oils, this delish-smelling oil leaves skin radiant and glowing, with no greasy residue. Massage any excess into the backs of hands too.